Disgraced Rangel Sues To Overturn House Censure From 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, speaks to the media after the House of Representatives voted to censure him on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 2, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

Comic-relief Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who last month told Americans that assault weapons are killing “millions of kids” in the United States, is suing seven lawmakers — including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to have his House Censure from 2010 overturned.

You may remember that clownfest from three years ago. The House smacked Rangel hard, voting 333-79 in favor of the rebuke for Rangel’s admitted involvement in:

  • Dodging Federal income tax on money he made from rental property — for 17 years.
  • Filing purposely misleading documents with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • “Failing” to report $3 million in business dealings from 2002 to 2006.
  • Omitting the 2004 sale of a Harlem residence from his tax filing.
  • Lowballing his assets’ worth — by $780,000 — when reporting to the IRS in 2007.
  • Using Congressional letterhead to solicit donations for a monument to himself — literally — and receiving the money from companies and charities that had matters before Congress’ Ways and Means Committee, which Rangel chaired at the time.
  • Operating a campaign office out of a Harlem apartment he instead claimed as his residence.

A censure is a bad thing (in fact, the only worse thing Congress can do to one of their own is to expel him altogether), and it involves ceremony and public humiliation. Rangel had to stand in the well of the House while then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a House resolution telling him what a bad guy he’d been. It was great public theater.


But, in practical terms, censure is dreaded more for what it can do to a political career than for any legal teeth it has. In Rangel’s case, censure didn’t affect his career, other than his having to step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. Rangel’s Harlem constituents have re-elected him consecutively and, usually, overwhelmingly to additional terms ever since he first took office in 1971, and they did it again in 2012.

Now 82 years old, Rangel, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, isn’t content with immunity from prosecution and sailing to re-election yet again. Five months into his new Congressional term, he’s going after history itself. He wants the censure gone.

He’s not proclaiming his innocence, though. Like any good lawyer, the former Federal attorney is trying to get off on a technicality. Rangel claims the House Ethics Committee knowingly deceived the full body by not revealing that it may not have followed procedural rules as it conducted the investigation.

Michelle Malkin noted Monday that Rangel might be courting disaster by asking for an examination of how the Ethics Committee did its investigative work. It’s possible, after all, it didn’t catch every crime and malfeasance the first time around.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    And let me take one guess, Charlie’s suit will be paid for by his political campaign.

    • chocopot

      No, he will expect the taxpayers to pick up the tab. The Democratic Party: the party of treason and corruption, with cover provided by the mainstream media.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Amen to that! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
        “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

  • Peter Barney

    Need vote this guy out of Office!


      He will be voted out of office about a year after he is lowered into the ground in his coffin.

  • hobobob

    considering he’s a permanent NY Democrat, he will UNDOUBTEDLY get off without so much as a slap on the wrist. All accusations, censures, etc. will be overturned and he will lifted up as a hero in the eyes of all his constituents. And so it goes in American government. Should the rest of us GOOD people expect any different?

  • tboneofill

    This Clown belongs in jail for Tax evation. Oh I forget, Congress people are a protected gaggle of thieves.

  • ldazzle

    These idiots think they’re very clever, until they read the writing on the wall. He’s a SHAM just like the rest of them.

  • joe1cr

    Representative Charles Rangel D-N.Y. Should have been expelled, he is the
    poster boy for our elected thieves in government today. Political corruption is the
    use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.
    Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism,
    patronage, graft, and embezzlement. The Congressional anti ethics committee,
    anti justice dept. and the courts have turn a blind eye to the crooks who walk the
    hall’s of congress and have give them a free pass to rob and gut America.
    The fastest way to becoming a millionaire in America today is to get elected to


  • rp

    What gets me in this incident is how arrogant Rangel acted in the months before his hearing. Shortly before the hearing was to start, he was supposed to have run out of money paying his high-priced lawyers. When the hearing started, he looked like some pitiful dog in a corner, I assume to try and get public sympathy. He looked shocked that he was censured. Then immediately after the hearing, he thought he should be put back in his same position as chairman of his committee. The man should have been doing ten or fifteen years in prison, yet in his arrogance thought that embarrassing him in Congress was enough punishment and then act like nothing else was wrong. He got a slap on the wrist from what he should have gotten. I guess he feels he has been wronged. I think the country has been wronged from the damage he has done.